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Adult ESL Assessments

The number of adult English language learners in the United States continues to grow substantially and programs serving them face many challenges in providing instruction to meet their needs. Having tests that are appropriate, valid, and reliable is critical to the evaluation of oral and written English proficiency for this growing population. CAL understands these challenges and can help programs determine the best combination of assessments to meet the needs of both the programs and the students.

BEST Assessments Approved Through 2019

To help support the development of enhanced assessments for adult English learners, CAL will be implementing a modest price increase beginning January 1, 2018.

New BEST Pricing Schedule Effective January 1, 2018

Read answers to frequently asked questions.

BEST Literacy and BEST Plus 2.0 address the needs of adult English language learners by providing assessment options that reliably demonstrate student progress. WithBEST Plus 2.0to measure speaking and listening skills andBEST Literacyto measure reading and writing skills, programs can test all of the four skill areas. Both assessments are aligned to theNational Reporting Systemand the Student Performance Level ESL descriptors.

BEST Plus 2.0 is CALs oral English proficiency assessment for adults.Read More.

BEST Literacy is CALs English literacy proficiency assessment for adults.Read More.

View the short narrated presentation about our tests.

Download the January 2018 pricing schedule

© 2018 Center for Applied Linguistics

Read the Federal Register official notice of approval.

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education approved BEST Plus 2.0 and BEST Literacy for use by federally funded programs that report data through the National Reporting System (NRS) through February 2019.

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